AN Oldham firm is part a local team helping to convert the former Delph Independent Chapel.

Edge Structural Design is providing engineering services for a development to turn the disused church at the crossroads of Hill End Road and Delph Lane into seven luxury apartments.

The building was bought in the 1990s and planning permission has been granted to convert it into apartments.

A bid to build two new houses on adjoining land is currently subject to planning approval.

Edge founder and director Adam Sedgwick, a chartered structural engineer, said: “The Delph site is both a challenging and sensitive location.

"The empty chapel is located on a hillside above the crossroads and the land adjoins a cemetery, which is very important to the community.

“Edge Structural Design is preparing the structural designs which also involves some on-site investigation before the development goes out to tender.

"Our services include structural inspection and reporting to determine the existing structure is suitable for re-use and conversion to domestic accommodation.

“Following the report we will work closely with the architect to provide fully detailed structural drawings illustrating what work is required to provide the new accommodation within the existing building which is to cover three floors.

"Construction of the new apartments and homes is expected to be completed by the end of 2018 or early 2019.”

Edge is working with Diggle-based architect John Barnes and quantity surveyor Howard Grady Associates, in Lydgate.

The client is Paula Rothermel.

Edge helps contractors of all sizes with bidding and tendering projects.

Its’ services include inspections and reports about urgent cases such as fire-damaged buildings.

Last year, it was involved in the high-profile case of Bailey’s Mill, in Delph, which was badly damaged by fire and required urgent demolition.

Their civil engineering projects also include work for Willmott Dixon Construction linked to the £15m Oldham Leisure Centre and £8m Royton Leisure Centre.

PICTURES: Adam Sedgwick, of Edge Structural Design, at the Delph Independent Chapel site in Saddleworth near Oldham